Sunday, January 15, 2012

Dodd Wood and Bassenthwaite Walk

Rob and I went on a walk on Monday. The walk is number four in the book shown below and is about three miles long. There is a car park at the start of the walk (costs £1.70 for 1.5 hours), with a cafe open in Spring/Summer.

The walks starts through conifer woodlands and you can just about see Bassenthwaite Lake through the trees to your left.

You cross a busy road next to a hotel and small hamlet, before striking out across some very muddy fields. We were glad that we were wearing waterproof walking boots! The highlight of the walk is coming onto a track which leads you to the remote St Bega's Church.

The church is very simple, but rather beautiful, with a calm, serene atmosphere. According to the guidebook, parts of the building date to the 12th and 13th centuries.

The walk curves back to the car park, passing Mirehouse (below), a large country house, built mainly in the 17th century. It was owned in the 19th century by the Spedding family, who entertained there, writers and poets such as Thomas Carlyle and Lord Tennyson.

It was a most enjoyable walk, followed by lunch at a pub in nearby Keswick.
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